SPORTSMANSHIP: The ability to take
winning or losing with respect for self and others
Vs. Being a poor sport
- SUGGESTED READING:
Stone Soup; Call it Courage
Let's Talk About Being a Bad Sport
Mighty Casey at Bat
- SUGGESTED FILM:
We Are the Champions
- Discuss the importance of playing to enjoy a game, not just to
- Make time to play games with your kids on a regular basis, but do
not focus on who wins. Reward them for trying and for keeping their
- When your kids are involved in athletics, do not make winning the
most important thing. Celebrate with them when they win and more
importantly when they lose.
- At athletic events, be a good example for your children by being
polite and positive, especially at your children's games.
- Divide the class into teams and play a game. Tell them that there
will be a prize at the end of the game. When the game is over give a
prize, of equal value, to both teams.
- When your students play games in P.E. do not allow members of a
winning team to boast about winning.
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is
likely the one who dropped it." -Lou Holtz, long time head
football coach at Notre Dame
"It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game."
"Life is a game like any other, we just don't take it as
seriously." -Babe Ruth
Perform a Random Act of Kindness Each Day
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